A Palembang Walkthrough

19-22 Feb 2015 I trooped off to another flash travelling destination over the Lunar New Year holidays. This time round to Palembang, Indonesia. Not your typical destination, but then again, I've never been a typical destination kind of person. So what exactly is there to see in Palembang? Palembang is…

The Churches of Iloilo

Iloilo City - Iloilo Province - Panay - Visayas - Philippines While on a short little trip up to the Philippines city of Iloilo back in January for the colourfully fantastic Dinagyang festival, I took the opportunity to see the Spanish era churches of Iloilo Province. These century old churches…

Medan, Balige and Toba

Medan, Balige and Toba (Part 1 of 4) Date: Wed 22nd Jan'14 From Medan to Parapat I am in Sumatra, Indonesia. The largest of Indonesia's islands (that's completely in Indonesia). More specifically, I am in the town of Parapat, North Sumatra. Back for another micro-adventure in one of my favourite…

Minangkabau of Malaysia

In the 1500s, Minangkabau males engaged in voluntary migration, called merantau, across the Straits of Malacca.They landed in today's Negeri Sembilan state and founded settlements all over the region. These settlers intermarried with the local population and brought with them the culture of the Minangkabau, or Adat Perpatih, which governs…